2018 Gift Guide for Bird Hunters

Not all the bird hunters you know deserve coal in their stockings. With help from contributors Britney Booth from Booth Media Group and Danielle Prewett from Wild + Whole and MeatEater Wild Foods Cooking Contributor, we’ve put gear to the test to help you find the perfect gift for the bird hunters who make your nice list.


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LL Bean Upland Vest

An uplanders’ gear vest is one of the most crucial items in his/her arsenal, and can make or break a hunt. Luckily the L.L. Bean … Read more

Real Avid Shotgun Tool

I always have my keys on me; I feel lost without them. And now thanks to Real Avid I’ll always have a pin punch, choke … Read more

Jim Matthews Signature Calls

For a truly one-of-a-kind gift for your bird hunter, Jim’s calls are outstanding, functional pieces of art. These hand-sanded, oil-rubbed finish walnut calls can replicate … Read more

Camp Chef Ranger II

I wasn’t happy with the under-powered cooktop that came standard with my camper. Standing around waiting for water to boil on cool camp mornings when … Read more

Merrell MQM

More than half of my season to date has been spent in the mountains chasing birds at elevation. I saw the MQM – Moving Quickly in … Read more

Orvis Pro LT Hunting Shirt

Details. This shirt, along with most of the latest Orvis upland apparel, is all about the details. Stretch fabric, articulated elbows, fast drying with Polygiene … Read more

Kuhn Pressure Cooker

This Kuhn Rikon stovetop pressure cooker in my kitchen is one of my favorite cooking tools because it’s so useful. I could write a very … Read more

Hoppe's Gun Medic

My shotgun gets beat up. I originally bought Hoppe’s Gun Medic because the name seemed appropriate for the state of my abused primary carry gun. … Read more

Coleman Cooler

Yes, I know, everyone and their brother has a roto-molded, armageddon-proof cooler that costs more than their actual freezer. There are umpteen companies now competing … Read more

Camelbak Helena 20

If you are a backcountry upland hunter then you know the value of having a quality hunting vest that is capable of carrying the necessities … Read more

Rinella's Cookbook

As the MeatEater wild foods cooking contributor, I can honestly say that Steven Rinella’s MeatEater Fish & Game Cookbook belongs on every hunter and angler’s … Read more

Kent Bismuth

In 1991 the use of lead shot was banned for all waterfowl hunting after a federal study showed that between 1.6 and 2.4 million waterfowl … Read more

Peltor Sport SecureFit Glasses

Eye protection has become a part of all my bird hunts in recent years – it just makes sense to avoid the risk of lost … Read more

Midland MTX 115

Get caught in an unexpected storm in the backcountry where there is no cell service and you learn quickly just how valuable weather forecasts can … Read more

Orvis Missouri Breaks

True, well-fitting upland pants for women are few and far between, and it seems like when a company makes a pair you love, they discontinue … Read more

LL Bean Stacked Leather Knife

There are a lot of stacked leather handle hunting knives that are big game size. But when I saw this sized-down version from L. L. … Read more

GSI Microlite Twist

Better than any water bottle on the market, the GSI Microlite weighs the same as the cheap plastic bottles holding 33 ounces of liquid, nearly … Read more

Mud River Luggage

Aside from this luggage looking upland-ey (i.e. cool,) it’s extremely well made and durable. I’ve flown with the Rolling Duffel ($219) on hunting trips around … Read more

Bird Hunting Buddies

Upland with Friends

It’s easy for me to get caught up in this solo pursuit. The rhythm of walking to the horizon with shotgun in hand appeals to … Read more

Lab in a Watering Hole

Getting to Know the Rubys a Foot at a Time

Going from barely above sea level to over 8,000 feet in the span of a few days is challenging. So I’ve elected to start this … Read more

Kansas Sunset

Kansas Bird Hunting in Perspective

I make the annual pilgrimage to Kansas to reunite with old friends and family.  It reminds me of where my passion for bird hunting was … Read more

Bird Hunting Colorado

On the Eve

I’ve been accused in the past of trying to make every bird hunt a “religious experience.” I laughed it off when first cast. But the … Read more

Great Bird Hunting Photo

The Art of Posing with Dead Birds

Post-hunt photos can reveal a lot about a bird hunter. Now that everyone carries smartphones with cameras and are posting picts in real-time from the … Read more

Lab with Ptarmigan

Whitetailed Demons

Something is wrong with me. Any other sane bird hunter would have packed up and moved to the interior where the bird numbers and density … Read more


Aerial Upland Habitat and Predator Observation

Stopped to visit our friends at Flatwillow Creek Outfitters in Montana. It’s great to see ranchers and guides taking such an interest in habitat and … Read more

Wyatt in the Ocean

Perspective from the Road

The alarm starts chiming, but it feels like I just laid my head down only minutes ago. It can’t be daybreak yet. I must have … Read more